Balancing Act

Welcome to my journey to balance! The purpose of this page is to share with you resources, ideas and my journey in creating balance in my own life. Work life balance has always been a challenge for me which is why I decided to begin the blog in the first place. I realize that work life balance looks differently to the eye of the beholder and needs to be clearly defined for themselves. For me, its splitting my time with work and the things I hold dear and important in my personal life.

I am on a journey to discover ways to separate work from my home and to re-engage with the things I love to do as me. As leaders of an organization, we spend so much time pouring into the cup of others, that we forget to pour in our own cups. The tips, messages and ideas are things that I have and continue to discover as I attempt to make my life a little easier so I can continue to give to others in a healthy and happy way. Today, I am committing to letting go of fear, setting boundaries, and redirecting my energy to the things that are most important to me. I choose happiness, fulfillment and joy! Let’s go!

Making Evenings A Little Easier

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
― Hippocrates

One of the greatest challenges as a mom is finding time to shop, cook and prepare a meal where everyone sits down at the table as a family and partakes in food and family conversations. For years, I have felt guilty for not creating the same environment on weekdays that my own mother did for my four siblings and I when growing up. We often ask her, how did you do it with five children while running around the city to be present for our different activities? I do not remember a time that my mother did not cook every night after working and making desserts on Friday (Now, I definitely don’t do this).

There were plenty of days where my husband and I are calling each other at the end of the day to find out what the other wanted to cook or eat for the evening. Stopping on the way home to pick up food through the drive through or from the grocery store two to three times a week just wasn’t getting it. Why is that I spend more time planning out events and schedules for my school than my own household? I needed a way to cut down the challenge of not being able to provide my family with a well balanced meal daily. If you are working mom like me that potentially works late hours, you need something to make your life easier.

Well, I am here to tell you about my latest discovery this year. Where had it been all these years? How could anyone not take full advantage of this resource? Not only does it save you time, but I can plan out my meals for the week and drive straight home to cook the meals I always I wanted to. Enter stage left, INSTACART! No, this is not a paid advertisement and I do not get anything from mentioning them in my post. I just wanted to share the wealth with you in hopes that you can get a little relief and save the day for your family. I stumbled upon this little gem after using my local grocers order online and drive up pick up. At the time, this was fine for me. After a long day at work, I do not, I repeat, I do not want to walk anymore. Besides, I will come out with more than I went in there for. So… here is how Instacart works!

Shopping with Instacart is easy!

ordering_on_computer.png 1. Shop your favorite local grocery storesShop from anywhere using your computer, iPhoneiPad or Android device
car_delivering.png2. Schedule a deliveryHave your groceries delivered in as little as an hour! You can also have them delivered later in the day or week.
shopper_handing_off.png3. Get groceries delivered to you!
Source: http://www.instacart.com

Its that easy!!!!!! Yes, finally, I can pre-order, schedule my order to be there by the time I walk in the door or just order on the weekend giving me more time to run other errands. That simple. Now, will this make your life easier? Well I hope this will allow you more time to spend at home with your family, cooking together and breaking bread rather than stopping at the grocery store, leaving only time to cook, eat and get ready for bed absence of the family time. Remember, the #2020 goal is balance and I need all the help I can get. Bon Appetit!

Hello Dinner! Hello Fresh!

January 15, 2022

Ok moms, I am back for an updated tip for #LeadingWithBalance! I don’t know about you, but preparing a meal for my family or even the thought of what I was going to cook became a stressor in my life. Especially, when our school district decided to return face to face during the spring after being out most of the school year. I was so used to being online all day and signing off to walk a few feet into my kitchen, however, now I was back to the grind outside of the home. Not only did I not have time to go grocery shopping, I somehow convinced myself that the planning process was laborious as well. After all, how hard could it be since I was already having my groceries delivered using my Instacart like crazy? Yes, order online and be at my home by the time I signed off for the day. Well, I realized that I wanted the whole kit and caboodle. I was ready to throw in the towel and try to convince my husband that we needed a chef to prepare meals at least twice a week. I knew this would not go over well since I had already convinced him to have someone clean our home once a month for peace of mind. Knowing that I would probably get the side eye on that one, I began to research prepared meals that could be delivered to the home. Meanwhile, one of my colleagues told me about a service called Hello Fresh. Disclaimer, I do not receive any compensation for mentioning this company. I am simply sharing how it has simplified by life and contributed to work-life balance. Continuing…. I decided to give it a try after my colleague provided me with a coupon for free meals.

What a game changer! Not only did I now receive fresh food items to complete my meals, but they were also accompanied by recipe cards that I could use again in the future. Each week I have the option of choosing our meals from a selection of meals being offered during that time. You can even schedule a few weeks out for planning purposes. There are also vegetarian options available for your preference. Because my family and I do not eat pork, I am able to set my settings for our meal restrictions.

I initially ordered 2 meals per week, however, honestly, the meals were more than enough and I sometimes found myself not cooking everyday, which means that depending on the fresh produce sent that week, it would go bad. So, I decided to order 2 meals every other week. This allowed us to have at least one Hello Fresh meal a week to cook. The other beauty of having the meals delivered with step by step instructions and pictures to follow, is that I could assign the task of cooking the meal for the week to my teenage children. After all, I have taught them how to read a recipe and they have cooked in the kitchen beside me for years. This was a great way to allow them to contribute to the household. I even involved the family in helping select their favorite meals. This often led to their excitement to cook it. LOL

So, the daily morning call to the hubby or vice versa to ask each other what is for dinner has decreased quite a bit. We are still a work in progress, but at least we have 2 meals down for the week day. A Hello Fresh meal and pizza day on Fridays. Believe it or not, the guess work has been taken away for at least one day and that makes me happy. If we are lucky there are leftovers and that will take care of the third day. Oh Yeah!

Because I am committed to helping others lead with balance, I have earned a couple of free boxes to share with friends. If you are wanting to try and see if it makes a difference in your mommy and wife world, please DM me @principalcaptainkirk on IG. The first 2 individuals to do so will receive their free box. Yay! How do you make your life easier when it comes to providing meals to your family on weeknights? #LeadWithBalance

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